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Before Closing, St. Paul's to Hold 'Service of Thanksgiving'

St. Paul's Chapel, the downtown chapel of Trinity Church, Wall Street, which has been operating an around-the-clock relief ministry for recovery workers at the World Trade Center site, will hold a final public service of thanksgiving at the chapel on Wednesday, May 29, at 12 noon.

The service will honor the recovery workers and the volunteers who have ministered to them for the past eight months. Normally closed to the public and the press, the chapel will be open to all.

The Rector of Trinity Church, the Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Matthews – who has carried overall responsibility for the ministry – and the Vicar, the Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, are scheduled to preside. The preacher will be the Rev. Lyndon Harris, the associate priest responsible for St. Paul’s Chapel.

Representatives of recovery workers and volunteers, including medical professionals and musicians who have volunteered their time, will deliver messages during the service.

Since a few days after September 11, thousands of volunteers from religious groups, civic groups and companies around the United States have worked in 12-hour shifts to support firefighters, police, military personnel and construction workers at the WTC site. They have provided food, counseling, a place to worship and pray as well as cots in which to sleep. Podiatrists, massage therapists, chiropractors and even musicians have volunteered their services.

With the end of the recovery effort, the chapel will be closed for its first extensive cleaning since September 11.

Posted on Trinity News May 28, 2002

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